Rumors previously hinted at the announcement of the long awaited Galaxy Tab 3 lineup, well it happens that Samsung went ahead and revealed their two newest addition to the series. – The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 10.1
The 7.4mm thick Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is more like a phablet than just a simple tablet as Samsung clearly states it; ‘designed to be held in one hand’. It packs a 20.3cm WXGA TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels clocking at 189ppi while stacking a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (the actual SoC manufacturer has not revealed) coupled with 1.5GB of RAM.
You’ll also find 5MP rear camera along with a 1.3MP front-facing snapper, and either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage expandable via MicroSD while a 4450 mAh battery backs it all up. It will be released in WiFi-only (dual-band, a/b/g/n), 3G (HSPA+) and LTE variants. The OS of choice is obviously Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the usual TouchWiz UX & Samsung ‘S-Apps’
On the other side we’ve got the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch (25.4cm) with a thickness of under 8 millimeters featuring the same display resolution but with only 149ppi and carries a 3MP rear camera and the same 1.3MP front-facer and a 1.6GHz dual-core processor along with only 1GB of RAM. Also running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the 10.1-inch Tab 3 packs a 6,800mAh battery, and comes in WiFi-only, 3G and LTE variants.
Both will hit shelves worldwide at ‘the beginning of June‘.
Rumors also indicate that Samsung may have chosen the Intel Atom SoC, from an energy-efficient perspective this seems unlikely but we can’t rule out this possibility. A Samsung researcher also said:
This is a win-win deal for both sides. Intel, which is trying to cut its heavy reliance on PC business, offered better pricing for Samsung that is shifting its focus toward tablets following its huge success in smartphones. Samsung wants to secure as many processors as possible at better pricing.
That’s why Samsung Electronics has recently been diversifying its procurement channel in processor chips as a strategy to stabilize production yields of its in-house Exynos-branded processors.